Cirrus Aircraft’s Vision SF50 single-engine jet program has made “significant progress” toward certification, the Duluth, Minn.-based aircraft manufacturer said yesterday at EAA AirVenture. First delivery of an SF50 is still scheduled for late 2015, it added.
According to Cirrus, the next steps in the program involve building conforming aircraft for further certification testing (it has been flying a non-conforming prototype since July 2008) and preparing the Cirrus headquarters in Duluth and its manufacturing facility in Grand Forks, N.D., for production.
Next year, Cirrus plans to roll out its first conforming jet, dubbed C0, which will be used for performance verification, flying qualities certification and production tooling and process development. The next assembled flight article, C1, will be used mainly for aircraft systems development and certification, as well as refinement of production components and assembly planning.
The final flying article, C2, is expected to enter the flight-test program in the latter stages of certification and will reflect, as closely as possible, the first production-configuration aircraft in both equipment and manufacturing processes, Cirrus said.
Cirrus says it has deposit-backed orders for more than 500 of its $1.96 million (2010 $) SF50 jets.